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Brandywine Bridge

Brandywine Bridge
The Lord of the Rings Online - Brandywine Bridge.jpg
Brandywine Bridge from The Lord of the Rings Online
General Information
Other namesBridge of Stonebows
Great Bridge
i Varanduiniant[1]
LocationThe Shire, where the East Road crosses the Baranduin
DescriptionStone bridge

The Brandywine Bridge was the bridge on the East Road crossing the River Baranduin; it marked the eastern border of the Shire.[2]


[edit] History

Originally called the Bridge of Stonebows, when the Hobbits first settled in the Shire the Kings of Arnor required them to keep the Great Bridge in repair.[3]

Although unmentioned in his memoirs, Bilbo Baggins undoubtedly crossed and recrossed the bridge in T.A. 2941 and 2942[4] on his adventure to the Lonely Mountain.

Frodo Baggins and his companions did not use the bridge when they left the Shire in 3018. However, on their return trip they came to the bridge on 30 October 3019.[5] To their surprise they found the bridge blocked on both ends with two spiked gates. Despite a sign proclaiming "No admittance between sundown and sunrise" the four hobbits made their way over the bridge, after dispatching Bill Ferny. They stayed the night at the guard-house before moving on to rouse the Shire.[6]

In Fo.A. 15 King Elessar rode to the Brandywine Bridge and greeted his old friends (but did not cross into the Shire for he himself had forbidden men to enter the land in an edict of Fo.A. 6). At this meeting he bestowed the Star of the Dúnedain on Samwise Gamgee and made Sam's daughter Elanor a maid of honour to Queen Arwen.[7]

[edit] Etymology

In Sindarin, the name of the bridge was i Varanduiniant. i is the singular definite article "the", which causes the initial b- in Baranduin to take the lenited form v- (i.e., Varanduin); the final element iant means "bridge".[8][1]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2007-: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The Brandywine Bridge is a landmark in the Bridgefields. Talking to a character near the bridge starts the quest "The Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners".[9]

2010: The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest:

The meeting of Elessar and the Mayor in Fo.A. 15 is featured in a cutscene after the last mission. It is portrayed as a low, wooden bridge.[10]

[edit] External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part One: The End of the Third Age: XI. The Epilogue"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The 'Túrin Wrapper'" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 50, March 2013, p. 12
  9. "Brandywine Bridge" dated 8 August 2012, (accessed 15 March 2013)
  10. "Lord of the Rings Aragonr's Quest Walkthrough Black Gates pt 2 ", YouTube (accessed 30 June 2012)